Sweet Potato Soup

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With an impeding snow storm, here’s an easy recipe to help warm you up. Sweet potatoes offer so many unique nutritional benefits. They are rich in antioxidants including beta-carotene to help boost Vitamin A levels. Research has also shown that when passing through our digestive tract, sweet potato antioxdants and other phytonutrients may be able to lower the potential health risk created by heavy metals and oxygen radicals

Ingredients:

  • 3 large sweet potatoes
  • 3 cups vegetable stock (or chicken broth)
  • 1/2 cup chopped white onion
  • Spices
    • garlic powder or fresh garlic clove
    • 1/4 cumin
    • pinch of sea salt
    • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • Bacon ‘uncured, nitrate free’ to garnish (optional)

Directions:

  1. Wash, peel, and chop sweet potatoes in large chunks.
  2. Cook bacon and set aside. Meanwhile, saute chopped onion with olive oil in large pot over medium-low heat.
  3. Once onion is tender (5-7 minutes), added vegetable broth, sweet potatoes, and spices to pot.
  4. Bring to a boil for 3 minutes then reduce to a simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Poor contents into a blender or food process.

Divide in serving bowls and garnish with chopped bacon. Pair with a salad to make it a complete meal!

 

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Paleo Shrimp & Grits

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This dish is  too easy and delicious not to try. Cauliflower makes a great substitution for refined white rice, mashed potatoes, pizza crust, and now grits! The cruciferous vegetable provides anti-inflammatory compounds and  various phytochemicals to help ward off disease. Just 1 cup provides 73% of the daily value of Vitamin C! That’s 3X as much as 1 cup of spinach! Not to mention the fresh wild-caught shrimp offering a nice dose of omega-3 fatty acids, selenium, and Vitamin B12 . Add a side of greens and you have yourself a very nutritious dinner!

Servings (2)

Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 lb. whole wild caught shrimp
  • Cajun seasoning
  • Cauliflower florets (frozen)
  • Asparagus
  • 1 Tbsp. Grass-fed butter

Directions:

1.Prepare shrimp (peel and deveine). Rinse and pat dry. Coat shrimp with Cajun seasoning and set aside. If you don’t like spicy, substitute with any seasoning of choice.

2. Heat large skillet over medium heat.

3.Meanwhile, steam or cook frozen cauliflower on stove top. Place in high speed blender or food processor. Add 1 Tbsp. grass-fed butter or olive oil to cauliflower in addition to seasoning. (sea salt, garlic, parsley).

4. Blend cauliflower until it reaches a fairly smooth consistency.

5. Pansear shrimp for about 2 minutes on each side.

6. Serve shrimp over “grits” and with your favorite green vegetable. Asparagus or sauteed spinach both work well!

Bon appetit!

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Zesty Zoodles

 

Zoodles are an easy, low-carb,  and nutritious alternative to regular refined pasta  that’s  frequently consumed as part of the Standard American Diet (SAD). When making the transition  to a whole food based diet, pasta is often missed by carb lovers everywhere.  Zoodles however, allow you to still enjoy your favorite pasta based dishes without having to sacrifice taste and ease of cooking! All you need is a Spiralizer and the possibilities are endless!

 

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Shrimp “Bolonasge” Topped with Almond Cheese

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Spaghetti with ‘Paleo’ Homemade Turkey Meatballs

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Pumpkin Spice Donut Holes

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Hurray for Fall and Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice! These easy Pumpkin Donut Holes are a nice treat  to enjoy with hot coffee or tea on these cool fall mornings.

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup organic pumpkin puree
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup Pure Maple Syrup
  • 7 Tbsp. butter or coconut oil; melted
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 3 tsp. pumpkin spice
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line a muffin tin with 12 cupcake liners or a mini tin  (for munchkin size) with 24 liners.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine all of the DRY ingredients.
  4. In a separate mixing bowl, combine all of the wet ingredients listed. Mix well.
  5. Now add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and combine until evenly mixed.
  6. Pour batter evenly into lined muffin tin.
  7. Bake for  approximately 10-14 minutes (depending on your oven). Toothpick inserted into centers should come out clean.
  8. Allow to cool for at least 1 hour.
  9. When ready to serve, combine extra ground cinnamon and coconut sugar in a small bowl. Peel donuts from cupcake holders and roll into the cinnamon mixture until covered. (You may also just leave the cupcake liners on)
  10. Eat & enjoy!

*Note, these are best kept for up to 2 days. Try storing in a container with a paper towel to help absorb excess moisture. “Redust” with cinnamon coating if needed before reserving.

 

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Spinach and Feta Turkey Burgers

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb free-range ground turkey
  • 2 cups rinsed, fresh chopped spinach
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • dash of sea salt

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl with hands. Form 1/2 inch thick patties (about 5-6). Place patties in a large, non-stick pan, then turn heat on medium. Cook patties  for about 4-5 minutes on each side. Serve with fresh in season fruit and vegetables!

 

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Cauliflower Chowder

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This chowder is a warm  and comforting dish perfect for these bitter cold winter evenings we’ve been having. It’s paleo friendly, and  loaded with nutrients to nourish and heal the body!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 head cauliflower, finely chopped  (I threw the florets in my Ninja)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 small white onion, diced
  • 3 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 4 celery stalks, diced
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. ground turmeric
  • fresh chives
  • 4 bacon slices ( uncured, nitrate free)
  • 1-2 Tbsp. grass-fed butter or olive oil for cooking
  • Sea salt and  black pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Cook the bacon and set aside.
  2. Melt butter  (or add olive oil) in a large pot over low-medium heat.
  3. Add the  garlic, chopped onion, carrots, and celery. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender (about 5 minutes).
  4.  Stir in the cauliflower and cook on medium heat, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes.
  5. Add in the chicken broth, coconut milk, chopped bacon, and spices; stir together.
  6. Bring to a boil; then reduce the heat and let simmer for about 15 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.
  7. Garnish with additional chopped bacon and chives (optional).

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Pecan Pumpkin Cinnamon Bread

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This grain free bread is so easy to whip together and comes out so moist.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups of almond flour
  • 3/4 cup of organic canned pumpkin
  • 3 eggs, whisked
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 3 Tbsp. grass-fed butter OR coconut oil, melted
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 Tbsp. cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. of pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup of pecans

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Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. First combine all the dry ingredients together in a medium-sized mixing bowl.
  3. Next, in a small bowl, mix all the wet ingredients together.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the larger dry ingredients bowl and stir until combined
  5. Chop half of pecans and fold them in.
  6. Grease a bread loaf pan and pour mixture in.
  7. Top with remaining pecans. I  mixed pecans with a little melted coconut oil, coconut sugar, and cinnamon for the topping!
  8. Bake at 350-degrees F for 30 to 40 minutes. Check if fully cooked by inserting a  toothpick inserted into the center.
  9. Cool, slice, serve and enjoy!